The Importance of Having a Learning Development Graphic Designer Do I need a graphic designer on my learning development team? Yes. Generally, I prefer to weigh the sides of an issue and make a carefully nuanced decision; but when it comes down to it, you need a graphic designer on your team. Of the information transmitted to the brain, 90% is visual. Articles with images get 94% more views than[…]READ MORE about Graphic Designers: Do You Need One on Your Learning Team?
Building accessible online courses requires specialized skills—but do all accessible elearning development skills reside in a single role? Manage Accessible Elearning Development by Looking at Processes We talk a lot about making sure that elearning is accessible to all learners. Accessibility, in the context of elearning, means ensuring that people with disabilities (generally related to cognition, mobility, hearing, and vision) experience the course in the same way as those without[…]READ MORE about Accessibility Expertise: Determining Where It Belongs in Elearning Development
Testing Your Online Course: How to Evaluate Elearning Functionality before Launching How does testing fit into elearning development? It’s tempting to assume, when an elearning course has been created, that everything will just work. Advancing through the course will perform as expected; when questions are answered, the correct feedback will appear; completion will be properly registered with the user’s account. And yet… Here are some things that I’ve seen go[…]READ MORE about But What Could *Possibly* Go Wrong? Testing Your Online Course
What Does a Subject Matter Expert Do, Anyway? SMEs May or May Not Be Instructors Subject matter expertise can be part and parcel of instructing. A K-12 teacher is both an instructor and an expert in their subject (like fifth-grade math); a college professor is often a subject matter expert (SME) first (researcher in genetics) and a teacher second; corporate trainers often spend years in the field and then transition[…]READ MORE about The SME Role in Course Development
Time- and Cost-Effective Ways to Make E-Learning Usable by Everyone Microassist Senior Learning Architect Kevin Gumienny was recently featured in TD Magazine, ATD’s award-winning monthly magazine that covers learning and development industry best practices, emerging technologies, and trends. With increasing attention being given to making all digital content usable and navigable to everyone, without excluding those who may want to participate but who have visual, auditory, mobility, or other impairments, Kevin’s article,[…]READ MORE about “E-Learning for All” — A TD Magazine Article
The Client Role in Learning Development: How Much Do You Really Need to Be Involved, Anyway? If you engage a learning company to help create training, there’s a temptation to hand off development and then not touch base with the learning company again until the training’s ready to be implemented. Just write the check. What more is needed? Such an approach is…problematic. A client has an essential role—ofttimes several essential[…]READ MORE about The Indispensable Role of Clients in Learning Projects
We had a great turnout during our recent webinar, Develop the Elearning Your Project Deserves—for the Training Results You Want. As promised, here are elearning development resources from the webinar, as well as a few extras. We covered a lot of ground in the presentation, so if I’ve missed any resources on any of these elearning subspecialities, please feel free to note it in the comments below. Elearning Development[…]READ MORE about Elearning Development Resources: Develop the Elearning Your Program Deserves
Why Use Both an Instructional Designer and a Course Developer: Won’t One Person Suffice? Continuing our discussion about roles in a training team, this month we’re looking at the advantages of separating the roles of instructional designer and course developer. It’s pretty common for an elearning development team to have a single person who is responsible for building elearning. They analyze the need for a course, design the course, build the course[…]READ MORE about Instructional Designer and Course Developer: One Person or Two?
Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 11 am ET / 10 am CT / 8 am PT | COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR Understand the Skills You Need to Launch a Public Sector Elearning Training Initiative Whether you’re launching a new program at your agency or supporting an ongoing one…or whether your government program is directed to internal teams or an external audience… You need to know that the time invested in training will produce the results you need. Elearning[…]READ MORE about Develop the Elearning Your Program Deserves—for the Training Results You Want
A week at the CSUN Assistive Technology conference in San Diego leaves the mind reeling. So much new information! So much of it related to learning! A few presentations made this connection explicit, directly correlating learning and accessibility. What I’d really like to talk about though, is the way that accessibility, the process and principle of making content available to those with disabilities, relates to elearning. Drawing from various presentations,[…]READ MORE about How to Make Elearning Accessible: Insights from the 2017 CSUN Assistive Technology Conference